And the votes just keep on coming…
Hillary Clinton may have lost the presidential election, but she’s the most popular losing candidate in US history.
As noted the day after the election, Clinton led Donald Trump in the popular vote right from the beginning. And over the last week, her lead has continued to climb. Last night, after new votes were counted from New Jersey, Illinois, Maryland and California, her total hit 64,225,863. That’s 2,017,563 more than Donald Trump’s latest count.
Projections show Clinton on track to receive more votes than Barack Obama got in his winning bid for president in 2012, and to beat Trump by more than 2.5 million votes.
Still, because of the Electoral College system, Donald Trump is undisputedly the President-Elect of the United States. Multiple petitions have been circulated over the last week, seeking to abolish the Electoral College and asking individual electors to swing their votes over to Clinton – something they can, theoretically, do, but which seems highly unlikely.
Democrats have now won the popular vote but lost the election in the six out of the last seven US Presidential elections. The last time it happened was in 2000, when Al Gore got more votes than George W. Bush.
Meanwhile the ‘Tweeter-in-Chief,’ as some have dubbed him due to his penchant for late-night Twitter rants, held a meeting with the New York Times yesterday. He initially cancelled the meeting – via Twitter, naturally – but hours later, it was back on.
I cancelled today’s meeting with the failing @nytimes when the terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment. Not nice
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2016
The New York Times responded, saying they had not changed the ground rules:
— Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) November 22, 2016
When the meeting eventually took place as originally agreed, several Times staffers live-tweeted it. Highlights included Trump opining that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, could broker a peace accord between Israel and Palestine, and saying he had a “different view than everybody else” on how to address the Syrian refugee crisis. He declined, however, to elaborate on what that view might be.
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